Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bite-Size Wonders

I realize that the premise of this blog is for the independent college kid whose living off-campus and learning to cook for themselves; but, this recipe is so darn simple it could potentially be made in a dorm kitchen with a mini-muffin tin, muffin holders and four ingredients.  RA's would have an entirely new way to bribe their minions.

Every so often you need simple solutions (and little pleasures) in life that don't require a lot time, money, or skills.  Look no further.  This is one of those recipes where, how should I say it...just buy the box mix (not everything has to be from 'scratch')...and enjoy the decadence that follows.

I found this recipe on Pinterest.  The possibilities are endless.  I have included one of my versions:  White Chocolate-Stuffed Raspberry Brownie Bites.  I promise if you need friends, obedient freshmen, or simply just need to 'wow' a few folks--try this out!  I doubt it'll bribe your professors to change your grade, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Mini-Muffin / Cupcake Pan 
Cupcake Paper Cups / Liners
Mixing Bowl
Functioning Oven & Microwave

1 box of your favorite Brownie Mix (I used Ghirardelli's Double Chocolate)
(usually need vegetable oil, one egg, water in some ratio.  Check the box before getting started)
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, heated

1. Wash your hands.
2. Preheat oven to 350F.
3. Place cupcake holders into muffin tin.
4. Prepare brownie mix per package instructions.

5. You should have a beautiful dark brown liquid in front of you that will be very tempting to eat as is.
6. Fill each mini-muffin cup carefully with 1 Tablespoon of brownie mix.

7. Bake for 13-15 minutes until toothpick comes out partially wet.
8. Remove from oven and wait for centers to fall.

9. If you need to, make a small indentation into the top of each muffin.
10. Warm the peanut butter until it stirs easily.
11. Place 1/2-1 teaspoon of peanut butter into the indentation

12. Sprinkle with chocolate and peanut butter chips.
13. Let cool.

If you want to make the White Chocolate Stuffed Raspberry version:
1. Stuff several raspberries with 1-2 white chocolate chips.
2. Press the raspberry into the center of the warm brownie cup.
3. Sprinkle a few white chocolate chips on top.
4. Let cool.

These are awesome.  'Nough Said 

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